Gola no longer publishing Pequot Lakes inspired "Claude & Ernie" cartoon
Ill health forces cartoonist to give up his endeavor
Dan Gola, the cartoonist behind Claude & Ernie, announced Sunday, Dec. 6, he would no longer publish his cartoon in the Echo Journal because of ill health.
"My apologies to Claude Schmidt and the family of Ernie Musolf go along with my thanks for the inspiration for 28 years of fun with the cartoon," Gola said in an email.
Gola based his quirky characters on two men of the same names who used to frequent the American Legion in Pequot Lakes. Gola previously lived in the lakes area before moving in 2004 to South Carolina, where he lives with his wife, Barbara.